Levonte Whitfield is the Florida Seminoles wide receiver who is getting national attention following his amazing touchdown run in the BCS National Championship game v the Auburn Tigers. His sensational play that came in the fourth quarter, when FSU needed a big play, and boy did Whitfield come up with it. The freshman took a kick return and dashed 100 yards to the End Zone to give FSU the lead. But there was more drama to come:
Here’s what you need to know about one of the Seminoles’ heroes:
1. FSU is His Hometown Team
He’s a Florida native, hailing from Orlando. He goes by the nickname “Kermit.” Going into the game on January 6, he averaged 30.8 yards in 13 returns.
2. His Inclusion This Season Was Due to the Legal Problems of Greg Dent
3. He Sprints 40 Yards in a Little Over 4 Seconds
He’s regarded as one of the fasted players in college football. Whitfield has been recorded atfoing 40-yard dash in 4.37, which ESPN says is the fasted among college athletes. To put that in further context, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, is estimated to run 40 yards in around 4.40, just .03 faster than Whitfield.
His 100 yard dash in the BCS game took him just 11 seconds.
4. He Was a Sought After Prospect
He committed to FSU in August 2012, rejecting offers from Florida, Clemson, Miami, Ohio State, Texas A&M, South Carolina and West Virginia.
5. He’s Still a Track Star
Although he’s still a sprinter as well as a football player, he has said he sees his future in football.